Women's Basketball Opens Home Ivies

PHILADELPHIA--The Penn women’s basketball team will open home Ivy League action this weekend as the Quakers face off with Columbia on Friday night and Cornell on Saturday at the Palestra. Tip-off for both games is set for 7 p.m.

Saturday’s game against the Big Red will also mark the kickoff for Penn’s celebration of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's "Think Pink" initiative to raise breast cancer awareness. Click here for more on Penn's "Think Pink" initiatives.

First on the weekend slate, however, is a formidable Columbia squad. The Lions (5-13, 2-2 Ivy) are fresh off an overtime battle in which the team rallied from being down by as many as 12 points to snatch the victory over Brown.

Six-foot-three sophomore Chelsea Frazier leads Columbia with 10.0 points per game, while sophomore guard Danielle Browne is close behind, averaging 10.1 points per contest.

Frazier also leads the team in rebounds, snagging 6.9 boards per game for the Lions.

Coupled with Frazier’s inside game, Browne’s outside shooting at a .462 clip will give the Quakers plenty to contain as Penn looks to notch the team’s first conference victory.

Dartmouth narrowly escaped a loss to Penn last weekend, with freshman Kim Adams providing a spark off of the bench to net a team-high 15 points. Carrie Biemer scored 14 in the loss and currently leads the squad with 12.1 points per game.

Maggie Burgess leads the team with 4.6 rebounds per contest.

Saturday, the squad will face a Big Red team (11-6, 3-1 Ivy) that boasts the Ivy League-leader and runner-up in three-point percentage.

Cornell guard Lauren Benson posts a lights-out .512 from three, while teammate Gretchen Gregs connects on more than 45-percent of her shots from behind the arc.

And these sharp-shooters aren’t the only Big Red offensive threats — junior forward Jeomi Maduka leads the team with 14 points per game.

The Big Red’s lone loss in conference play this season came at the hands of Columbia.